You Can Visit The First Waffle House, But You Can't Eat There
Loads of people remember visiting Waffle House through the years, and these same people probably also have several visits that they can’t remember. Regardless of your level of sobriety during your last breakfast stop, this chain of diners has made a name for itself across the country—especially in the South. To honor the restaurant, you should consider taking a trip to where it all started. After years of disrepair and a brief stint as a Chinese restaurant, the first ever Waffle House has been restored as a museum.
Waffle House Unit 1—that’s their corporate lingo—is now open for tours in Decatur, Georgia. You won’t find anything to eat, but you will get to see how the original diner was set up back in 1955. You’ll learn that everything was originally made from scratch at the restaurant except for Coca-Cola and Heinz ketchup. When you finish your tour you can tell all your friends that their sweet cream waffles were just 40 cents. Don’t worry, they still use half and half in the recipe, but now they’re just waffles and cost way more. The place even used to sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
The other half of the museum is dedicated to memorabilia, where there’s displays of old aprons, uniforms, and other treasures that have been rescued from eBay. There’s even reminders of menus from the 1980s when they offered an all-you-can-eat menu—it was just $3.99.
The only catch about visiting the museum is that it’s by appointment only. You’ll need to call 48 hours in advance and get together a group of 10 friends. Then you’ll be able to pick a time between 10am and 2pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday for your visit. There’s plenty of Waffle House love in the Atlanta area, so you can stop for a snack at a real one after your history lesson.
· The Waffle House Museum [Official Site]
· Do You Know Waffle House? [WSBTV]
· Museum Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of another Waffle House: rutio]